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Latest from Joe Kelley

    How does something like this happen? No one noticed that an amusement park ride resembled a swastika in the initial sketches of the ride.  Nor did they notice in the blueprints.  Nor the computer design program.  Nor in the test runs.  We’re supposed to believe that NO ONE noticed the amusement park ride resembled a swastika until someone posted the pictures on social media?? A new ride at the 'Tatzmania' amusement park in the Black Forest town of Löffingen in southwest Germany was shut down this week for a design flaw that has nothing to do with safety.  After a video of 'Adlerflug' (German for eagle's flight) was posted online, people quickly pointed out that the ride's eagle-shaped cars are connected to the structure's axis at an angle that strongly resembles a swastika, the notorious symbol of Nazi Germany. APP USERS CAN SEE VIDEO HERE.  (MORE)
  • A Florida man wants to sell a ‘fully functioning’ F-16 fighter jet that was acquired from Jordan.  And this jet is not a stripped down model, but a ‘fully functioning’ used fighter jet, an F-16 Viper.  The 1980 multi-role fighter jet, which has an $8.5 million price tag, is being offered alongside two other F-16 Vipers, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also writes about defense topics.   This is not your average “used” fighter jet — the plane is a fully functioning combat aircraft and not demilitarized.   Jet Lease, a private aircraft leasing and purchasing company with offices around the globe, purchased the used aircraft from Jordan, which acquired dozens of secondhand F-16s from NATO allies Belgium and the Netherlands between 2008 and 2017, The Drive reported. The aircraft can reach a maximum speed of Mach 2.05 at 40,000 feet, or nearly 1,573 miles per hour. It has a maximum range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute, according to Jet Lease. APP USERS CAN SEE VIDEO HERE.  (More from Fox News)
  • Disney is looking for parents, and non-parents, to apply to be on its 2020 Disney Parks Moms Panel. Applications open on September 5th, and close September 12th. Last year, applicants were required to submit an autobiography and personal photo and/or video to be posted online, and to have visited either Walt Disney World or Disneyland at least once in the last 12 months. Once on the panel, Disney expects you to answer 10 to 20 questions a week from potential park visitors, and invest at least 20 minutes into each query. Those lucky enough to make the cut will get a free Disneyland or Disney World vacation for themselves and up to three family members. Also, applicants must be able to travel to Disney World in Florida December 11th-15th for training, and must leave family and friends at home for that. Visit here for details.
  • How you use emojis apparently says something about your personality. Researchers at The Kinsey Institute analyzed two studies and determined that people who frequently used emojis went on more first dates over the last year, had more frequent sexual activity, and were more likely to enter into a relationship with a person they dated and/or slept with. There were some limitations to this study, but researchers say the findings suggest that 'people who use emojis more often may be better at forming connections with others,' and that people who use the tiny pictograms may be more emotive in general.
  • This a novel item to try and get on an airplane. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reports that a passenger traveling through Washington's Paine Field airport tried to bring a knife, shaped like a gun, through security. The six-inch gun-shaped weapon was found on August 6th, and taken from the passenger. The TSA posted about it on its blog, quipping, 'Maybe this passenger was on the fence about bringing a knife to a gun fight.' APP USERS CAN SEE IMAGE HERE. 
  • Don't underestimate how much your old sneakers could be worth. Dave Russell of Sacramento, California got $50,000 for his 'funky, old shoes' that happened to be a pair of extremely rare prototype Nike running shoes from 1972. Russell said he was given the shoes, now known as Nike Waffle Racing Moon Shoes, at age 25 when he participated in the 1972 Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon. Only 12 of the prototypes, designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, were ever made, and ten of those pairs were given to athletes trying out for the Olympic team. Russell said he only decided to sell the shoes a few months ago, and got an offer from The Graduate Eugene Hotel, which is building a Nike museum in Eugene.  APP USERS CAN SEE SNEAKER HERE  More. 
  • Bud Light is getting on the fun surrounding the 'Area 51 raid' that's been in the news recently. First, the brand distanced itself, tweeting, 'We'd like to be the first brand to formally announce that we will not be sponsoring the Area 51 raid' early last week. But on Thursday (July 17th) Bud Light changed its tune, tweeting, 'Screw it. Free Bud Light to any alien that makes it out.' They followed that by announcing a special edition beer, the Area 51 Special Edition. The top of the can reads, 'Greetings Earthlings. This is the famous Area 51. We know of no space beer by any other life form which is brewed and aged to be more refreshing. Our cryogenic aging produces a light-bodied space lager with a fresh tastes, a crisp, clean finish, and a smooth drinkability. Take us to your leader...for drinks.
  • A German shepherd from Germany has become and internet sensation after sticking her face into a security camera. Dog owner Joe Corsi got an alert from his home security camera and checked the footage to see his dog, Sasha, sticking her face directly into the camera. Corsi says it's the first time something like this happened, and he posted the hilarious footage to a Facebook group called 'German Shepherd Owners' with the caption, 'When your security camera picks up motion, you watch the live feed to see what's going on.  Then what happens next is...' Since posting, his video has been viewed over 2-million times. APP USERS CAN SEE VIDEO HERE. 
  • This one might give you nightmares.  A doctor in Vietnam has shared a video of himself removing a butterfly from a patient's ear canal.  Dr. Tuan says the patient came in recently complaining of ear pain, and thought an insect may have crawled into his ear.  The doctor used a camera to look into the patient's ear and discovered a small butterfly deep in his ear canal.  He removed the bug with a pair of tweezers.  APP USERS CAN SEE VIDEO HERE. 
  • Officials in West Palm Beach, Florida are banking on the Baby Shark song to keep homeless people from camping in a park overnight. Baby Shark and Raining Tacos will play on a loop in an effort to discourage from sleeping at the Lake Pavillion. The city wants to keep people off the patio there.  West Palm Beach is looking to establish open and closing hours for the park. That will make it easier to address trespassing. Playing the songs over and over is a temporary solution.  One homeless person said that 'it's wrong' to try and make people annoyed enough to move. He will still sleep there even though the songs play 'on and on.
  • Joe Kelley

    News Director

    Joe Kelley has joined the staff of News 96.5 as News Director and host of Orlando's Morning News. Joe comes to Orlando from News 96.5’s sister-station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also held both positions.

    Joe has been recognized many times over for his successes as an on-air radio personality and community leader. He has received awards from Radio and Records Magazine, Radio Ink Magazine, the Dallas Press Club, and Las Vegas Women in Communications, the Tulsa Press Club, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and more. In 2007, Joe was named to the "Top 40 Under 40" achievers in Tulsa People Magazine, The Journal Record Newspaper and the Tulsa Business Journal.

    More than just a broadcaster, Joe has been a writer for Tulsa Kids Magazine since 2005. His monthly column focuses on the observational humor he enjoys while raising his three young children with his wife of 16 years, Nicole. Joe's now featured in Orlando Family Magazine with his Twitter MoMENts column.

    Joe has been active in the Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors and as sergeant-at-arms. Joe is also a long-time volunteer, board member and former chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. Joe has raised more than $1.4 million in the last 7 years for Make-A-Wish.

    Radio was a calling for Joe.

    Literally.

    His broadcast career began in 1982, in the small southeast Texas town of Nederland.

    The phone in his high school journalism class rang. The teacher was out of the room at the moment, so Joe reached for the phone.

    “Hey, you wanna be on the radio?” the voice on the phone asked.

    Unbeknownst to Joe at that moment, on the other end of that phone line was a 30-year-plus career in broadcast journalism.

    Calling was a local radio station program director in need of free help.

    Joe jumped at the chance.

    For most people, opportunity knocks.

    In Joe’s case, it called.

    And while his initial introduction to radio was entirely unexpected, Joe's ascension to his level of professional success is quite deliberate and the result of three decades of thoughtful and creative performances on award-winning radio stations across the country.

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The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • The Orlando Police Department said the University of Florida's band director was grabbed and pushed to the ground after the football game against the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday night. Police said Director Jay Watkins was walking back to the buses when a Hurricanes fan began pushing her way through the band.  He attempted to stop the woman, but he was grabbed from behind and pushed to the ground, according to police. Watkins was treated by a paramedic for cuts and scrapes to his head and elbow before he boarded the bus to go home. Police said Watkins did not want to press charges, but did ask the incident to be documented. This is a developing story. Check back for more details.
  • A 911 call led to the arrest of a Pennsylvania woman after police said they found her son home alone surrounded by drugs. >> Read more trending news  Police said Leslie Brown, 29, of Penn Hills, called them from a Family Dollar in Lincoln-Lemington saying her son was missing and she had lost sight of him in the store. Employees told WPXI-TV that she was frantic and that they searched every aisle and back room. Police said the child was never in the store with her but was at home alone surrounded by heroin. When police went to the home, they said the boy answered the door and police immediately saw bundles of heroin and stamp bags right next to where the child said he watched TV. Police said the boy told them: 'It's Mommy's medicine. She makes it sometimes.'  Brown admitted to making and selling heroin as her only source of income, according to police. Police said they found drugs in her home and car marked 'Power trip,' 'Panda,' 'Say hello to my little friend,' and 'Playboy.'  Brown was taken into custody and charged with endangering the welfare of children and nearly a half-dozen drug charges. Police said the child is safe and now with his grandparents.
  • Police are investigating after a 12-year-old boy was found shot at a Georgia elementary school. >> Read more trending news  The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded around 6:30 p.m. Friday to a person shot at Peek's Chapel Elementary School.  Deputies found a 12-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital, where he is in the intensive care unit but stable. His identity hasn't been released.  A 15-year-old has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. The teen's identity has not been released.  WSB-TV investigative reporter Nicole Carr was in Rockdale County, digging into how the shooting could have happened. The school district released a statement saying no students or staff were on campus at the time of the shooting:  'We are deeply concerned about the incident that occurred after hours on the property of Peek's Chapel Elementary Friday night. At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the young man who was injured. Again, this occurred after hours when no students or staff were on campus. We will assist law enforcement as needed during their investigation.' Carr learned, however, that the campus was open to the public when the shooting happened because the school grounds and basketball court are open on evenings and weekends.  Carr spoke to a neighbor, who said the basketball court was full of young people as the helicopter took off with the injured child.  Another neighbor who has a grandson at the school, Angela Glenn, said enough is enough.  'I'm just worried about these kids,' Glenn said. 'First of all, how are they getting their hands on guns so easily, you know?
  • Officials are investigating after an explicit video was shared “inadvertently and unknowingly” from a Mississippi teacher’s phone, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  According to a statement from Horn Lake police, the department received information regarding the video Wednesday.  DeSoto County Schools are conducting an investigation into the video, which reportedly showed explicit content of a teacher in the district. Police said if there was a “criminal element regarding the release of the video,” Horn Lake officers will then initiate a full investigation. School officials have not identified the teacher who was seen in the video, and the contents of the video have not been released at this time. The school district did confirm to WHBQ that the teacher involved is no longer an employee there. Again, officials told WHBQ that the video was shared without the teacher’s knowledge.
  • This is a timely update to “Watching Tropical Depression Five’s path,” published August 24 at 3:39pm Tropical Depression Five has gained enough strength to become Tropical Storm Dorian, the National Hurricane Center announced Saturday evening. Dorian is the fourth tropical storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. NHC Forecasters say it could turn into a hurricane by Thursday, August 29. Forecast cone as of 8/24/2019, courtesy of the National Hurricane Center (above)  Current models show a possibility that Dorian could strengthen even further after entering the Caribbean, impacting Puerto Rico and surrounding islands as a hurricane. In the same amount of time, while Dorian is still expected to gain strength as it passes over those warmer waters, there’s also a chance that it won’t amount to much more than heavy rain and winds. The NHC has issued two advisory points at the time of this report: 1. Dorian is forecast to strengthen and could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the Lesser Antilles on Tuesday (August 27). 2. It is too soon to determine the specific timing or magnitude of impacts in the Lesser Antilles, but tropical storm or hurricane watches may be needed for a portion of the area on Sunday (August 25). We’re still days away from learning what will be the case, so we’ll keep an eye on the tropics. While you’re here, check out our hurricane guide.

Washington Insider

  • While Democrats still have over 20 major candidates competing for their party's nomination, the small 2020 GOP field has not created any concerns for the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump, as a former Tea Party Congressman announced this weekend he would take on Trump for the GOP nomination. 'He must not be re-elected,' Tea Party lawmakers turned conservative radio talk show host Joe Walsh wrote on Twitter Sunday night about President Trump. But a quick look back at Walsh's time in Congress, his attacks on President Barack Obama, and his recent change to hard-line Trump opponent didn't exactly leave political experts feeling like this was the start of something bad for Mr. Trump. On the ABC News program, 'This Week,' Walsh acknowledged that he was at the tip of the spear for Republicans in terms of pushing the party more and more to the right - creating an opening for President Trump. Also challenging the President is a former Governor of Massachusetts, William Weld - the Vice Presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in 2016 - who has not moved the political meter against Mr. Trump. If one is looking to compare Weld, Walsh and any other GOP candidates, for a similar historical moment in modern Presidential politics, maybe you could look at 1968 when challenges built against President Lyndon B. Johnson, or in 1980, when Ted Kennedy took on President Jimmy Carter. But the difference is obvious right away - Walsh and Weld are not big names right now. Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy were big names taking on LBJ. Ted Kennedy damaged Carter so much that it made Ronald Reagan's campaign that much easier. While President Trump has very strong approval ratings from Republican voters, his policies have certainly caused concerns among some in the GOP - like on tariffs - where President Trump has suddenly turned the party of free trade into the party of protectionism. 'The tariffs are attacks on the American people,' said ex-Rep. Dave McIntosh (R-IN), who now heads the conservative group Club for Growth, though McIntosh made clear he wasn't going to abandoning the President any time soon. Business groups - once a super reliable source of support for the GOP - are also increasingly going public with their concerns about the President's extra tariffs on China. 'Tariffs hurt retail,' said Matthew Shay, the head of the National Retail Federation. 'It's impossible for businesses to plan for the future in this type of environment,' the group said over the weekend. Other groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce fully support more aggressive American treatment of unfair trade practices by the Chinese - but they are worried the President's tariffs aren't the right answer. 'While we share the President’s frustration, we believe that continued, constructive engagement is the right way forward,' the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a statement. But there's certainly been no rush to throw Mr. Trump overboard, no matter the policy differences.